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April 8, 2014

Spring tries its best to sprung

It’s amazing what a little spring will do for a person’s state of mind.

Though it has officially been spring for almost three weeks, it wasn’t until this past weekend that Mother Nature begrudgingly gave us a taste of it. Like springs wound to the point of breaking, people sprung to the stores where gardening and lawn products were on display, put bikes, sneakers and cleats to good use, and enjoyed at last some warming rays of sun.

This has been a long winter for us veterans of New England winters. And even as we approach Patriots Day, the long effects drag on — the trees are still gray and dormant, the grass is brown, and the cold winds linger.

But spring is edging out in its struggle to win the day.

In many backyards, the last remnants of snow and ice finally melted away this past weekend. Birds sang a little more often and brighter. Crocuses were in bloom. Gas prices inched up — surely that means that summer driving season is coming up fast?

At Fenway, the first pitch was thrown on Friday. The Red Sox have arguably the best fan-friendly traditions in professional sports, on full display as the team was awarded its 2013 World Series rings. Many people watched the ceremony, if for no other reason than to experience this moment of spring warmth.

In the coming days, the daily temperatures will inch upward into the 50s and 60s. On Friday, early predictions are for temperatures in the low 70s. The last time we hit that mark was Nov. 1.

Finally, we must give credit where credit is due, to one of New England’s oldest, best known and least understood institutions.

Last summer, the Old Farmers Almanac made headlines — and earned much ridicule — for its prediction that this winter would bring a return to “The Days of Shivery,” with below-average temperatures in New England and much snow. It also predicted that March would be stormy, with a wide variety of precipitation types and blustery winds. Spring would be a late arrival, it predicted.

Turns out, that secret weather formula the Old Farmers Almanac has been using for over two centuries was not too far off the mark.

We won’t tell you what they are predicting for the rest of the spring (hint: “surprise snowstorm” at the end of April). Instead, we would advise only to take each day of fine weather and make the most of it.

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